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10 More Alien Invasion Movies

The next time any of your friends begin to behave strangely, let’s just hope they’re having a bit of an ‘off day.’ The alternative could be far worse, as the protagonists of Invasion of The Body Snatchers discover. Based on the novel of the same name and the second movie to be adapted from Jack Finney’s book, this 70s classic is a terrifying movie about a group of people who discover their city is being populated by alien duplicates of their friends and neighbours. 

For those who have seen this sci-fi chiller and are looking for alternate picks, we’ve combed through the archives and saved you the hassle with our top choices for what to watch next.

Do you agree with our picks? Or have we failed to mention a movie that you think deserves a place on this list? Let us know in the comments below.


The Faculty (1998)

The Faculty tells the story of a group of teens at an Ohio High School who have more to worry about than SAT tests and detention when they discover their teachers have become infected by alien parasites!

If you ever suspected your teachers weren’t of this planet, The Faculty will definitely resonate with you. Directed by Robert Rodriguez and starring Elijah Wood, Josh Hartnett, and Jordana Brewster, this entertaining horror movie has much in common with Invasion of The Body Snatchers in its telling of a group of people who don’t know which of their teachers and fellow students have been taken over by aliens.  


The Thing (1982)

John Carpenter’s remake of the 1951 film of the same name tells the tale of a group of researchers in the middle of Antarctica who encounter an alien life form that attaches itself to living things and then imitates them. This leads to quite the dilemma for the team as they never know who or what has been taken over by this shape-shifting alien; a plotline that is a near-duplicate of that in Invasion of The Body Snatchers. 

Like that 1978 movie, the 12 men at the Antarctic Station don’t know who to trust. As the alien shapeshifter begins to hunt them down one by one, tension and paranoia are raised to almost unbearable heights as they try to figure out who among them is the terrifying creature.


No One Will Save You (2023)

No One Will Save You also features alien duplicates in its tale of a young woman who is forced to battle alone against the invading extraterrestrials. The movie also brings to mind the plight of the last female survivor in Invasion of The Body Snatchers who tried to take shelter from the pod people that were patrolling her planet. 

This recent movie stands out from similar movies of its type with its superior special effects, original plotline, and anxiety-inducing scenarios that will make you fear for its resilient protagonist. To learn more about this tense and terrifying sci-fi horror, check out our review of No One Will Save You and our Ending Explained for a rundown of the story. 


Invasion of The Body Snatchers (1956)

If you’re looking for a movie similar to the 1978 version of Invasion of The Body Snatchers, look no further than the first adaptation of Jack Finney’s novel. Like the later film, it tells the tale of a man who discovers the people around him are being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates. 

This version of the book takes place in a small California town instead of the San Francisco setting of the 1978 movie but the change of locale doesn’t make it any less terrifying.

At the time of its release, the movie was seen as an allegory for the Cold War, playing on the concerns of worried Americans who feared Communists were hiding in plain sight. But forget the subtext and simply enjoy the movie for what it is on the surface – a superbly crafted alien invasion tale that was one of the best of its kind in the 1950s.


Village Of The Damned (1960)

Based on the British science fiction novel The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham, this chilling sci-fi movie from director Wolf Rilla takes place in the small English town of Midwich, where the local women give birth to blonde-haired, glowing-eyed children who are not of human heritage. 

These pale blonde creatures have telepathic powers and work with one another in a similar way to the alien duplicates in Invasion of The Body Snatchers. As we watch them conduct a reign of terror on the people in their local community, we can be glad that our own children, despite their sometimes bad behaviour, are nothing like the troublesome tykes in this classic movie. 


Slither (2006)

Before James Gunn took us into outer space with the Guardians Of The Galaxy movies, he brought us down to earth with this sci-fi comedy about a slithering army from another planet. These parasitic lifeforms infect the residents of a small town and take over their minds and bodies before transforming them into all kinds of grotesque and inhuman mutant monstrosities. 

Slither isn’t as scary as some of the movies on this list due to its goofy tone that will make audiences shake with laughter instead of fear. But in its tale of a community whose friends and family members are being taken over by alien creatures, it’s still a movie that will resonate with any fan of alien takeover movies like Invasion of The Body Snatchers.


The Mist (2007)

Based on the Stephen King novella of the same name, The Mist tells the story of a group of people who become trapped inside a supermarket when a thick mist, populated by bloodthirsty alien creatures, descends outside. 

These invading monsters have no intention of duplicating the members of the local community. Instead, they seek to tear them limb from limb whenever they dare to step outside. This movie still has similarities to Invasion of The Body Snatchers, however, not only because of the alien plotline but because of the gut-punch ending that is just as shocking as the climax of the 1978 movie. 


Invaders From Mars (1953)

In this sci-fi classic, a young boy sees a spaceship crash land near his home. His father goes to investigate the doomed craft and comes back changed. Where once he was cheerful and affectionate, he is now cold and ill-tempered. Any guesses for what has happened to him?

Invaders From Mars is another movie about aliens that take over the bodies of humans. Its story is slightly similar to the one told in the 1978 movie but it’s a little more skewed towards family audiences.

A remake followed in 1986 (directed by Tobe Hooper) but despite the inferior special effects, the 50s version is a better movie thanks to the chilling atmosphere and the talented performance of young Jimmy Hunt as the all-American boy caught up in the middle of an extraterrestrial nightmare. 


The Puppet Masters (1994)

Years after taking the lead role in Invasion of The Body Snatchers, Donald Sutherland returned to our screens for The Puppet Masters, another alien invasion movie about strange extraterrestrial creatures that have the power to take over people’s minds.

In this movie, Sutherland stars as Andrew Niven, a government agent who works with his son and an alien biologist to stop an invasion of slug-like aliens that attach themselves to humans and use them like their puppets. Based on the acclaimed science-fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein, this isn’t quite as good as Invasion of The Body Snatchers but it contains a few creepy moments that might unnerve you. 


Assimilate (2019)

Assimilate has much in common with Invasion of The Body Snatchers due to its plotline about a town that is taken over by aliens who make copies of the local populace. It’s possibly another remake of Jack Finney’s classic novel although it doesn’t credit this source material. 

This one tells the story of a group of young friends who, while making videos for their YouTube channel, discover their neighbours are quite unlike the people they were before. The story is familiar, despite the modern approach, but the movie contains enough twists and turns to please fans of the Body Snatchers movies and alien-obsessed teenagers. 

 

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So, there we have it, our list of movies that are similar to Invasion Of The Body Snatchers. What do you think of our picks? Did one of your favourites make the list? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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